Effective Hand Washing Technique in Preventing Catheter-Associated Tract Infection

Subject: Public Health
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The theme of effective hand-washing techniques is more actual than ever, now, when Covid-19 remains a worldwide hazard. Thus, the presentation was met with great expectations and, in the end, left a good impression on the audience. The fact is that CAUTI remains the most common type of healthcare-associated infection and accounts for 34% of all health-care associated infections (Hu et al, 2018) caused a great commotion. It astonished my audience to hear that an alarming amount of 13,000 deaths is associated with different healthcare-acquired urinal tract infections each year (Letica-Kriegel et al., 2019). The peers’ interest piqued at the review of different methods to prevent CAUTI. There were questions regarding the aspect of the sooner removal of an indwelling catheter after caesarian delivery. For a part of the audience, the rationale behind this point was insufficient as they argued that an overly hasty catheter removal might negatively affect women in post-labor. However, after a short discussion, all of the audience has agreed that this aspect requires further research.

The point of financial costs also raised a debate whether the price of the equipment is truly justified by the possible positive outcomes. In addition, there was a question of resourcefulness: do the hospital staff have the time and energy to educate every patient on the proper hygiene? The quick discussion proved to be very productive – in the end, the audience reached a consensus regarding the issue, claiming that it also needs to be researched more deeply. One of the aspects that was met with the most approval was the Multidisciplinary Intervention (Bell et al., 2016), as the use of EMR in educating hospital staff and patients already provided good results. Along with Multidisciplinary Intervention, the introduction of nurses’ checklist documentation (Hernandez, King & Stewart, 2019) made a good impression on the audience. The evaluation plan presented at the end of the presentation was briefly discussed in regard of statistics’ use and need for additional evidence, and some valuable opinions on the matter were revealed. After all discussions and debates, the audience approved the plan and the presentation itself, claiming it to be an essential outline for future studies.


Bell, M., Alaestante, G., & Finch, C. (2016). A multidisciplinary intervention to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections using education, continuum of care, and systemwide buy-in. Web.

Hernandez, M., King, A., & Stewart, L. (2019). Catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) prevention and nurses’ checklist documentation of their indwelling catheter management practices. Nursing Praxis in New Zealand, 35(1), 29-42. Web.

Hu, F., Shih, H., Hsu, H., Chen, C., & Chang, C. (2018). Dynamic changes in the appropriateness of urinary catheter use among hospitalized older patients in the emergency department. PLOS ONE, 13(3).

Letica-Kriegel, A. S., Salmasian, H., Vawdrey, D. K., Youngerman, B. E., Green, R. A., Furuya, E. Y.,… Perotte, R. (2019). Identifying the risk factors for catheter-associated urinary tract infections: A large cross-sectional study of six hospitals. BMJ Open, 9(2).